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Advocating for Children!

Thank you Mrs. Paula Holloway! You probably are not aware of the impact your presentation to my Juvenile Law class had on me. It simply changed my life. Prior to hearing Mrs. Holloway’s speech, I was confused and did not know where my career was headed. Somehow I allowed the economic crisis, the enormous number of articles preaching the worthlessness of a JD and being just plain sick and tired of law school take me too far right on a course to no man’s land. I was discouraged and failed to remember why I entered law school in 2007. And then Mrs. Holloway walked into my Juvenile Law class earlier this month. The impact her stories had on me were not only unexpected but was something like being saved. Saved in the religious sense. As each word eased out of her mouth, I become more and more clear about my life’s path. It was like hearing Martin Luther King, Jr. speak. No, she was no preacher and not as eloquent a speaker as Martin Luther King, Jr. But, her words had as much, if not more, of an impact on my life than if I had heard Reverend King speak. Hearing her experience with child abuse and neglect and the foster care system brought me close to tears. The ease that she spoke of the stories only indicated the need for drastic change in the system. And as Ms. Holloway stated, attorneys have the power and knowledge to make such change. It was then I knew, my initial reason for entering law school, was the only reason I needed to finish the program and pass the California Bar Exam. It was one of the many passions of mine.

How did I lose sight of my legal career dream? I have many dreams, but this one is more realistic than the others and actually within arms reach. The constant strain of reading various case books, briefing cases, juggling motherhood, education and career and the pressure of my mounting law school student loan debt caused me to consider the traditional path and work for a law firm providing me with a comfortable salary, regardless of the area of law. Friends and family can attest to my love-hate relationship with law school and the legal profession in general. Not to mention the scores of articles informing us law students of the realities of post-law school life. One chasing paper to pay off our enormous student loan debt. The future looked bleak, to say the least. I was not too happy with the thought of remaining in Corporate America, making good money, but merely pushing paper as a corporate transactional attorney. That is where my life was heading and then I heard Mrs. Holloway speak.

Things are so much clearer today (and have been for the past couple of weeks). I see the light at the end of the tunnel. It is such a clear picture, even through my tear-filled eyes. Nothing was blurry about my future. I knew, at that exact moment, my destiny. Thank you Mrs. Paula Holloway! I will forever remember your face, your name and the words that inspired me to fulfill my destiny as an advocate for children.

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Journey for justice and everything in-between

Hello World!

Every law student is quite aware of the infamous The Paper Chase. Well, my blog will focus on my life as a single mother-of-three, part-time law student, full-time corporate paralegal and founder of a non-profit organization focused on children’s rights, particular the rights of foster children and my chase for… Paper! Nah! This blog will focus on my chase for justice.

The title of my blog describes my chaotic, but exciting, life. My 6-year-old son’s name is Justice. He is full of life and energy that only a mother can love. He keeps me on my toes… Literally on my toes!

While chasing Justice, I am working hard to accomplish one of my life’s dreams of chasing justice for those individuals often finding themselves out of the reach of “the lady” (I’ll refer to “the lady” many times through out my blog, and simply put, she’s the Lady of Justice, which I’ll attempt to define in varying ways).

I am going to attempt (I say attempt, because as you’ll see, I tend to go off in a tangent) to focus on my amazing journey through law school and single motherhood and eventually a career as a practicing attorney, improving the lives of children, specifically foster children and orphans throughout the world.

In addition, this blog will vary from children’s rights, foster care, dependency issues, juvenile law, non-profit corporation formation and maintenance, parenting issues, legal issues, employment issues, law school issues, family issues and even the fun stuff, like party planning, interior decorating, traveling and country living from the eyes of a frugal fashionista and everything in-between.

Enjoy!

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